Today is a day of emotional struggle.... my son was late coming home last night... I was miffed to be waiting up, miffed he was hours past his curfew. I was ready and waiting to give him an earful when he finally arrived. I had drifted in and out of sleep a bit, then after 3:00 am I heard his key in the lock... finally .... he came in quiet, relocked the door, paused, and broke into great wracking sobs. I have never gotten out of bed so fast, terrified of what had happened. Not expecting to hear his sad story, my poor boy (no one's child) should bear such witness as that.
You see he was at a house party, not too terribly far from home, and readying to leave to make his curfew. A friend, acting as a DD and chauffeuring several kids home, had made several trips already. (No, I do not condone under age drinking, but I do recognize when people try to do the right thing.) My son and his 2 friends were next, when the driver realized another group of kids lived closer, so he decided to take them next instead. As the kids were on the street preparing to enter the car, an SUV came barrelling down the street and hit the 4 young people. Sadly, two young men died immediately. One young woman was rushed into surgery and is suffering life threatening injuries. and the second young woman is in hospital with non life threatening injuries.
I am at a loss, I am so overwhelmingly sorrowful for the families of all the victims, young lives lost too early. I wish my son and his friends did not have to witness such a horrific site. I wish our children weren't saying goodbye to their friends. And I am so very, very thankful, that my son made it home to us.
Our hearts and thoughts go out to the families of the victims, their children taken from them so senselessly. We hope for a full recovery for both young women. We hope all the children on scene recover from their shock in the arms of their families. We hope our young people hold dear this important lesson in life's fragility.
"If we live in the hearts we leave behind we do not die" ~ Unknown